LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee said trading Haula was difficult but ultimately it was a good hockey trade and what was needed for the organization to move forward.
But still, the fans are heartbroken over Haula.
Although the tears may not have been flowing in the front office, McPhee acknowledged there's heavy emotion that comes in dealing a major blow to a player you really like personally.
"This was difficult," said McPhee at City National Arena Thursday. "Erik took it like a pro as you'd expect he would but it was not easy for any of us."
Not easy, but in McPhee's eyes, a necessary move - not just to open up salary cap space but to acquire a talented young prospect in 22-year-old Nicolas Roy.
"He's a big man who's a good face off man. Dominated during the Calder Cup finals with our farm club," said McPhee.
McPhee said there's a big upside to Roy and they hope he's with the team for a long time.
"He's a defined player, we know what he is and where he should fit in our lineup if he's ready to go," said McPhee.
The forward will have a chance to earn a spot in the line up during training camp later this summer.
Meantime, fans are still adjusting to the idea of that line up not including one of their favorite wingers.
"I honestly loved Haula and I didn't want to trade him but it is business." said one fan, at City National Arena.